We can now announce the runners up of the Orwell Youth Prize 2020.
Congratulations to our runners up and highly-commended, and to everyone who entered this year and gave their responses to the theme, The Future We Want. We have received a record number (over 1200!) of entries this year, with young writers from across the UK creatively responding to the theme through essays, poetry, prose, and reportage on topics from climate change to living in a more equitable world. Every entry was read by at least two assessors, and the final runners up were chosen by the 2020 judges Kerry Hudson and Kayo Chingonyi.
A big thank you to everyone who has taken part, especially in these difficult circumstances.
- The Future, Molly Hammerton-Woodhouse (Poetry)
- The Michelin Woman, Naomi Thomas (Fiction)
- The Poverty Pandemic, Manal Nadeem (Essay)
- Designing for Distance, Madeleine Hobern (Essay)
- Perpetual, Grace Donaldson (Fiction)